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At the keel-laying ceremony of the RSS Sir David Attenborough,after whom the ship is named, at Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead, Merseyside. In recent days Irish Ferries flagship, Ulysses berthed in the wet basin to await dry-docking for routine annual maintenance overhaul.
Ports & Shipping
#Shipbuilder - UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird saw profits and sales fall last year – but the shipyard on Merseyside which Afloat has noted is where Irish Ferries flagship Ulysses awaits drydocking, remains upbeat that it will win more new contracts.…
Save Our Seafront (SOS) the Dun Laoghaire Harbour group launches a High Court challenge to cruiseships plan
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - The Save-Our-Seafront Dun Laoghaire group was yesterday granted leave by the High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanala’s decision to approve cruiseships docking in the local harbour. As The Irish Times reports, the group, which is an environmental…
Save our Seafront claims November’s decision by An Bord Pleanála restricted the size of ships (250m long) but left open the possibility of Dún Laoghaire Harbour being usurped by cruise liners. Afloat adds the above computer generated image is of a giant cruiseship of the 'Freedom' class (338m long) berthed within the harbour.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - The Irish Times writes that a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve facilities for cruiseships in Dún Laoghaire Harbour will be sought in the High Court on Thursday. The campaign group Save our Seafront, which…
Maritime Priorities In Transport’s Statement Of Strategy 2016-2019
News Update
#Maritime - ‘Safe and sustainable’ marine transport and ‘delivery of emergency management services’ have been made a high level goal in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s Statement of Strategy 2016-2019, published this week. Identifying Ireland’s maritime sector as…
Santa by Sea – The RNLI assist Santa Claus this Christmas at Rosslare
Ports & Shipping
Santa arrived by sea into Rosslare Europort at the weekend. Rosslare-Europort, being the closest point from the southern part of Ireland to the UK and the European Mainland, is a hub of all the major RORO Passenger and Freight services…
Eugeen Van Mieghem  Steamers and Three Masted-Ships in the Dock, c.1912 Charcoal and pastel
Ports & Shipping
Audiences can experience the works of acclaimed Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem for the first time in Ireland next year, through an exhibition depicting the vibrant life of the Port of Antwerp at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (February…
UK BREXIT PORTS: British Ports Association (BPA) calls on UK government for 'Special Port Zones'. Above: Warrenpoint, Co. Down where Vanquish operates an Irish Sea-Bristol Channel container 'feeder' service connecting Dublin (R.O.I) Cardiff, Wales and Bristol, England. On left: Hebble Sand, a former Associated British Ports (ABP) dredger which otherwise is based in Drogheda Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of recent weeks. Particularly foggy conditions took place at the launch of Arklow's newest dry-cargo vessel, Arklow Valour in The Netherlands. This is the fourth Eco-Trader 5,150dwt…
Lisahally, the main Port of London/Derry (Foyle Port)
Ports & Shipping
#FoylePort - Chris Hazzard the Ports Minister says a new departmental ‘Brexit Planning Team’ has been actively engaging with the authorities at Lisahally since the end of the summer. As the Derry Journal writes the Minister said talks will continue…
Sligo Harbour has had 18 vessels so far dock in 2016, an increase of 18% traffic on last year
Ports & Shipping
#SligoShip - Sligo Harbour has a general cargoship in port today, Arundo one of 18 vessels so far that docked in 2016 an increase of 18% in traffic compared to last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had monitored the cargoship…
Was Galway Port Sabotaged? (Podcast)
Island Nation
In my last Podcast, I expressed the opinion that it is strange how things happen. This was again underlined for me as I prepared the new edition of my maritime programme which you can listen to below. Galway Port Company…
Scotline's newly acquired 90m general cargoship Scot Leader joins a fleet that are regular Wicklow Port callers. Only this day last week a fleetmate Scot Ranger departed the east coast port which likewise of the shipowners are heavily involved in trading timber products.
Ports & Shipping
#NewcomerShip – Short-sea operator Scotline have acquired Odertal this month and renamed as Scot Leader joined the company fleet that are regular Wicklow Port callers, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 90m general cargoship Odertal registered in Antigua and Barbuda underwent drydocking…
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority which in recent years hosted an annual conference of the British Ports Association. The  BPA in a Post-Brexit environment is calling on the UK government to classify port areas and surrounding clusters as ‘special port zones’.
Ports & Shipping
#BrexitPorts - The British Ports Association (BPA) in response to potential administrative complications that could arise from Brexit, is calling for the UK government to classify port areas and surrounding clusters as ‘special port zones’. As Container Management writes, BPA…
King Seaways a cruiseferry of DFDS Seaways departing Newcastle in the UK bound for Amsterdam. The 2,280 passenger car-ferry had served on the Ireland-France link for Brittany Ferries as Val de Loire from 1993. Note the forward slanting superstructure, a legacy of the French ferry company that added this feature after acquiring the German built TT Line Nils Holgersson. At more than 31,000 gross tonnage she was then the largest ferry operating in Irish waters.
Ports & Shipping
[email protected] - DFDS celebrates its 150th anniversary today, the giant Danish ferry and freight operator is northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company which includes container operations connecting Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. On 11 December 1866, the famous Danish…
Aran Islands Lifeline: Cargoship Bláth na Mara (1983/330grt) is the main Aran Islands freight-only vessel that is based out of Galway Port as seen berthed at the harbour's outer pier.
Ports & Shipping
#AranIslands – As talks today to resolve the ongoing Aran Islands ferries dispute over passenger levies with Galway County Council, Afloat.ie takes a snapshot of a separate but freight-only operator providing vital supplies to islanders, writes Jehan Ashmore. The affected…
A view from the bridge: RMS St. Helena's cargo deck hatch hold covers as seen in June when moored during a 'first ever visit' to the UK capital at the Pool of London. In the background the historic financial district of the City of London and skyscraper of 20 Fenchurch St. nicknamed the 'The Walkie Talkie' building given its unique shape.
Ports & Shipping
#MarineMoney - Four days after the inauguration of the new US President in early 2017, Marine Money together with Anchor Sponsor KMARIN/KOTAM will host the 8th Annual Marine Money London Forum on Wednesday 25th January. Amongst the Forum topics will…
Bulker Xo Lion berthed at Port Talbot's deepwater jetty predominantly used to importing coking coal, minerals and ores to the Tata Steel plant in south Wales. The last such steelworks in Ireland, ISPAT Irish Steel closed in 2001, though the legacy of heavy industry remains at the site on Haulbowline Island where remediation works on waste spoils are to be completed by mid-2018.
Ports & Shipping
#SteelPort - Upgrading infrastructure work at ABP’s port of Newport, south Wales involved an engineering firm from Port Talbot where also located is the giant steelworks of Tata Steel whose 4,000 strong workforce recieved much welcomed news yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
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